Palm Springs Art Museum
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Edwards Harris Center

AMERICAN INDIAN

The story of the American West cannot be told without the inclusion of Native American art. The apparent intersecting and blending of influences of different cultures—American and native cultures—was an integral part of the expansion of the western frontier and forms part of our Western heritage.

Native American Art, including basketry, textiles, pottery, Kachinas, jewelry and utilitarian objects, has been a collecting theme of the museum since it’s origin in 1938 and remains one of the main collecting and installation focuses. The historical holdings of approximately 2000 objects are concentrated almost exclusively on Southwestern, California and Western region tribal groups spanning from the 19th century to contemporary interpretations. With artistic developments and resurgence of Native American artists in the later part of the 20th century, this vision has grown to include approximately 30 contemporary Native American artworks. The historical collections consist of approximately 1000 baskets, 120 textiles, 120 pottery objects, 100 Kachinas, 250 jewelry examples, and over 200 utilitarian objects. The Contemporary Native American collection consists of 10 paintings, 9 sculptures 2 drawings, and 12 prints. Although much smaller in size, it includes works by such major artists as Allan Houser, Dan Namingha, Fritz Scholder and R.C. Gorman among others. To emphasize the integration of contemporary Native American achievements within the broader contemporary art world, artworks are combined in installations with our Western American, Modern and Contemporary Art collections. These holdings are importantly augmented by other aspects of the Museum’s Western American Art and Photography collections (including paintings and archives such as the art journals of Carl Eytel) and in portraits and desert photography (including 220 photographs by Edward Curtis, a selection of photographs by Stephen H. Willard.

Native American and Art of the West :: American Indian

Guadalupe Arenas, Basket, Rattlesnake

Guadalupe Arenas, Basket, Rattlesnake
Palm Springs Art Museum

Guadalupe Arenas, Basket, Rattlesnake, Cahuilla, circa 1910, natural and dyed juncus and sumac on a deer grass foundation, gift of J. Smeaton Chase

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Navajo; Western Reservation, Rug

Navajo; Western Reservation, Rug
Palm Springs Art Museum

Navajo; Western Reservation, Rug, Late Transitional Period, 1900-1910, handspun natural wool, gift of Jane Lykken Hoff

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Apache, Basket

Apache, Basket
Palm Springs Art Museum

Apache, Basket, n.d., peeled willow and devil's claw on a three-rod willow foundation, gift of Nellie Coffman

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Navajo, Chief Blanket, Second Phase

Navajo, Chief Blanket, Second Phase
Palm Springs Art Museum

Navajo, Chief Blanket, Second Phase, circa 1880, natural wool and aniline dyes, gift of Mrs. Hamilton Garland

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Edgar Alwin Payne, Rim Rock

Edgar Alwin Payne, Rim Rock
Palm Springs Art Museum

Edgar Alwin Payne, Rim Rock, Arizona, circa 1930, oil on canvas, gift of the George Montgomery Trust

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